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    Alapag determined to find ways to help Alab improve and sustain strong start

    Dec 24, 2018
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    COACH Jimmy Alapag is pleased with Alab’s hot start but is determined to find ways to improve in their bid to retain the Asean Basketball League title.

    Alab has won four straight to start the season, maintaining its hot start with a big victory over the Singapore Slingers on Sunday at the Caloocan Sports Complex.

    “We’ve been moving the ball well,” said Alapag. “We’ve been taking pretty good care of the ball. We had 14 turnovers tonight, that’s the highest we’ve had through four games. And we are rebounding the ball well.

    “But we can still be much better offensively. I’ve got to find ways to maximize our bench. We only had two points from our bench tonight. We have way much talent and I feel that we have the deepest bench in the league. But I have to do a better job to put them in position to play better. I’ll be watching a lot of video after Christmas,” he added.

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    Alab did just enough to win over a squad coming off a grueling flight from Singapore to Manila after bowing to Hong Kong Eastern at home on Friday.

    “We got lucky tonight,” Alapag said. “I’ve got to do a better job of coaching these guys. Singapore was coming off a tough game on Friday night. They had a rough travel coming to Manila. I remember talking to (assistant) coach Michael Johnson that they had to stay KL (Kuala Lumpur) for quite some time. I want to say seven to eight hours. They had a long trip to Manila.

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    “But we just got lucky. They missed some shots down the stretch that they normally make. If those had gone in, I think my conversation with the guys will be much different. We will be looking at 3-1. I got to do a better job,” said Alapag.

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